Goosen makes a Masters charge, on top with Furyk
By Seth Kerr
GolfWRX Staff Writer
Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk are tied at 11-under going into the final round of the Transitions Championship. For Goosen, struggling with a debilitating back injury, it is an incredible recovery after barely being able to practice and hit a few balls prior to Thursday’s first round.
Goosen nearly withdrew this week but is gutting it out at one of his favorite venues on Tour. He already has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week to undergo platlet-rich plasma injections in his back in Virginia, which requires treatment with a needle the size of a No. 2 pencil. The injections are similar to those underwent by Fred Couples and Vijay Singh.
Goosen is ranked No. 52 in the world and has to get within the top 50 or win to insure himself a trip to the Masters.
“I always said Augusta and St. Andrews are my two favorite golf courses in the world,” Goosen said. “[The Masters] is not an event you want to miss. I’m determined to keep going.”
Jim Furyk is looking to get back to his winning ways after struggling for much of 2011.
“I made some birdies out of the rough today, and was able to knock some putts in and keep the round going,” Furyk said. “I played very patient, and when I struggled — no putts were going in — I didn’t let it bother me.”
Third round leader, Jason Duffner, struggled shooting even par 71. He is tied with Sang-Moon Bae, one back of the lead at 10-under.
Padraig Harrington continues to leak water after his first round 61, shooting a +2-over par 73 on Saturday.
Ernie Els, who probably needs a victory to make the Masters field, is tied with Luke Donald, at 8-under.
Sergio Garcia and Jeff Overton are among a large contingent of players tied for 10th place and at 7-under par.
The final round can be seen on NBC from 3-6 p.m. EST.